By on September 21, 2020

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We wrote last week about rumors that Ford was testing a Bronco with the Sasquatch Package and a manual transmission. That was remarkable because Ford initially said the off-road-performance package would only be available on automatic transmission vehicles.

Which, of course, caused enthusiasts to howl. Especially on Twitter.

In what may be one of the few examples of social media being used as a force for good (your author may be a bit down on social media after watching The Social Dilemma) here in the year 2020, the backlash has prompted Ford to make the manual available in Broncos equipped with Sasquatch, after all.

“The Bronco community spoke and we heard them,” said Mark Grueber, Ford Bronco consumer marketing manager, in a statement. “Our team moved quickly to add Sasquatch with a manual transmission – another example of our focus on giving customers the best possible off-road vehicles and accessories that we can.”

Ford claims that this will make a Bronco so equipped the only 4×4 with a seven-speed manual and 35-inch tires, at least in its class. “Class” here is a bit fuzzy, in terms of what other vehicles are in it, but the Jeep Wrangler fits. An argument could be made for the base model of the new Land Rover Defender, too. Others would argue for the Toyota 4Runner.

The Sasquatch Package includes the 35-inch mud tires, 17-inch wheels, front and rear electronic locking axles from Dana, a 4.7:1 final-drive ratio, a higher-clearance suspension, a wider track (almost 2 inches), Bilstein shocks, and wider fender flares.

The package will be available on base, Big Bend, Black Diamond, Outer Banks, and Badlands trims, and standard on Wildtrak and First Edition models.

“Capability is always a priority, and pairing Sasquatch with a manual transmission and available advanced 4×4 system gives it a maximum crawl ratio of 94.75:1, providing even more off-road capability across the line-up,” said Dave Pericak, Ford icons global director, in the same statement. An aside: We think Icons is a silly name for the Bronco and Mustang, but that is Pericak’s title, like it or not.

Ford is targeting availability in late 2021 for manual-transmission Broncos with the Sasquatch Package.

There’s another news nugget tucked into Ford’s press release – the consumer configurator, also known as the build and price tool, goes live in October. So if you’re curious what the MSRP would be for a Bronco built to your preferred trim and option spec will be, you’ll be able to find out soon. That’s useful whether you put down a reservation or just like to daydream.

If you’re planning on actually buying a Bronco, you’ll be able to print and save your information. Ordering is scheduled to begin in December, with sales beginning next spring.

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8 Comments on “It’s Official: Ford Bronco Sasquatch to Get a Stick After All...”


  • avatar
    micko4472

    Seems as if the sasquatch package might actually make a decent off-roader
    of the new Bronco. But buying one with a manual tranny is not wise if you
    are doing serious offroading, esp. in places like the CO Rockies, because
    you will spend your time clutching and shifting instead of paying attention
    to the terrain and driving. If you do real serious offroading you want an
    automatic.

    • 0 avatar
      Garrett

      This.

      Used to off-road an XJ with a mild lift, manual sway bar disconnects, the most aggressive tires I could find…and an automatic transmission.

      Between low range, the transmission shifted into low, and careful application of brake and throttle, it was fantastic. Never once missed having to deal with a clutch.

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      I had seen a video explaining the gear ratio’s and tire size on the Bronco and how that affects crawling. The video was based on the math related to the “non-Sasquatch trim with manual transmission and lowest gear ratio. It worked out to be a ratio of 1 mph to every 1,000 rpm. Obviously the 35’s will change the math slightly.
      I do agree that one is probably better off with an automatic. Transmission cooling then comes into play. As an example, Some of the older Jeeps were prone to overheating the automatics on rough terrain.

  • avatar
    Dan

    Now watch people actually buy like six of them.

  • avatar
    jack4x

    Great news, now do a V8.

  • avatar
    EBFlex

    Ford is really going to lie that boldly to us?

    After the ridiculous amount of time it took them to poorly clone the Wrangler, during all the focus groups, all the feedback sessions, all the comments on articles they actually are going to try and tell us that this was a last minute decision based on what the “Bronco community” had to say AFTER it was released?

    “Capability is always a priority, and pairing Sasquatch with a manual transmission and available advanced 4×4 system gives it a maximum crawl ratio of 94.75:1, providing even more off-road capability across the line-up,”

    Ok so you just admitted one of two things. Yeah f capability was always a priority why wasn’t this a thing from the start? Or was capability not that much of a priority? Which one is it?

    Man I don’t know whose the bigger liar, Ford or Tesla.

    Bold Moves indeed.

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      “poorly clone the Wrangler”

      Ummm…….The new Bronco was never meant to be a clone of the Wrangler.

      I’ve talked to a few Wrangler owners who are following the roll out of the Bronco closely because they are sick and tired of all the durability problems associated with the Wrangler. They put up with those issues because there isn’t anything else as off-road capable “off the shelf” in North America.

      My buddy bought a new Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon3 years ago because he was tired of wrenching on used rigs. Just off-warranty he had a motor failure. The electronic sway bar disconnects fail each time they get immersed in water. Jeep guys end up remove them and put in manual disconnects but then you need to buy a tuner to shut off the alarms and limp mode. He’s had multiple shock mount failures in the back of his Jeep. that’s another problem area. Add some issues with the electronic lockers not locking and add the infamous Jeep Death Wobble.

      Engine failures aren’t a new thing. There was a fellow on a recent Jeep club trip with a 5.7 engine swap. Ironically his Jeep died on the trail due to an electrical quirk that was an easy fix but when one is 60 miles from cell service it turned into a huge pain in the azz.

    • 0 avatar
      Garrett

      Poorly clone the Wrangler?

      Ford actually has delivered a far more appealing product.

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